Q. I have reached the donut hole in my Medicare Part D plan and my medications are costing me a fortune. I would like to know what online pharmacies could help me with the cost so I can afford my medications. At this point, I have had to quit taking three of my medications. Can you help me locate a reliable online pharmacy?
A. Not taking prescribed medicines could be dangerous to your health, so we suggest you discuss this problem with your doctor. Ask if your state or county provides assistance for senior citizens who can't afford their drugs.
Another possible option is to ask your doctor to help you apply for financial assistance from the drug manufacturer. You can find out more about these pharmaceutical industry programs at www.helpingpatients.org.
We are sending you our Guide to Saving Money on Medicine, which describes these and other approaches, including guidelines for buying less expensive medicines online.